Congrats on finally drawing another bull tag. Country wise, not much has changed.
Probably not quite as many elk in there as the last time you hunted it, but still quite a few out there, along with the usual unit 8 big bulls.
Pressure is worse than ever. Not only hunting pressure, but all the weekenders escaping the heat. That time of year everyone is chasing bulls around, whether they're hunting or just trying to get pics or video. Unit 8 has turned into a great place for the weekend campers. That forest really fills up these days.
Tuff to sit a water too, lots of folks driving trucks, atv's, utv's, motorcycles, whatever. Always someone coming by.
Elk are usually pretty call shy, and tend to get quiet shortly after daylight, just because someone is always trying to move in on them.
Not trying to give you only bad news, you can still kill great bulls out of this unit! If your limited on time, I would look at hitting it mid week after all the weekenders go home.
We'll be in there this year, maybe we'll run into you. If we have some info, I'll pass it on then.
Good luck, post us up some pics when you connect!
BTW, great feed year with the wetter winter. It's showing on the horn growth!